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snow. the forecast as we continue right now. [captioning made possible by constellation energy group] captioned by the national captioning institute >> live, local, late-breaking, this is wbal-tv 11 news today. >> good morning. i am jennifer franciotti. >> i am stan stovall. thank you for joining us this morning. >> that is something no one wants to talk about -- the possibility of snow. >> we could see a light accumulation. >> folks know that sometimes we get snow on opening day. >> i have been here for four years. maybe this year will be bright and sunny. it will not be this weekend. not good news as we head into the weekend forecast. the temperatures are in the 40's. we're not contending with any wintry mix. we have the possibility of seeing that. the rain has to go through here. i do think the snow will be held
at bay at least today. we're in the mid 40's today. by sunday, we will be struggling to reach 40. we have a chance of seeing a light accumulation. right now, let's check out your morning commute. lick.oads are selec we have some new accidents. >> this is southbound on the harrisburg expressway. the other on the right loop approach in the j.f.x. as you travel along wabash, it is closed related to police activity. southbound york road, water main repair continues in the right lane. in catonsville, watch for a rare plant closure at jerusalem because of flooding.
five minutes on southbound 95 to get down to the fort mchenry. 11 minutes to travel in the outer loop west side. not looking all that bad in the way of volume. police are on the seat southbound on the harrisburg expressway north of the beltway. there is a right lane closure. stay to the left. no problems at the beltway at the b-w parkway. that is the latest on traffic pulse 11. back to you. >> a baltimore city police officer is charged with sexually abusing a teenage girl. >> george lettis is live with more on that story. >> officer rowland turned himself in it yesterday. the 44-year-old is accused of sexually abusing a 17-year-old beginning in september of last year until earlier this month. the alleged victim was living in
the officer's home. she is described as a close family friend. the officer is currently suspended with pay and will likely be suspended without pay pending further investigation. >> we simply are not going to tolerate any behavior that undermines the integrity of this agency and the hard work of these men and women that are out there every day getting guns off of the city streets. >> we try to get comment from officer rowland at his home, but nobody answered the door. his neighbors say they are shocked and disturbed by these allegations. george lettis, wbal-tv 11 news. >> a late-night fire sent to people to the hospital. crews arrived on the scene at this house fire in the 8100 block of analee avenue last night. it was brought under control 45 minutes later. one person had to be transported to the hospital for
smoke inhalation. there is no word of low-cost the fire. baltimore county fire crews were called for house fire in fallston. this was the damage that was caused in the 8100 block of glen arbor drive. the fire consumed both floors of the house. >> police hope someone recognizes the man shown in photos as they investigate a deadly stabbing. these are the images recorded by the camera at the shell gas station on sunday morning. they show an argument and a potential suspect in connection with the stabbing of david mclaughlin. >> whatever altercation went on at the club or maybe something that occurred at the gas station parking lot. >> family and friends gathered
to hold a vigil. anyone with information should call baltimore city police. >> a new spin on an old idea to pass out of all sales is giving ground. a proposal to phase in the tax hike is in three stages is being considered in the senate. the bill would raise the tax rate on beer and wine 1% each year over the next three years. supporters say it will make the bill easier to swallow. >> we have to look at both short and long term. it is phased in. that strategy is to mitigate any type of drastic changes. >> the taxes have not been touched since 1972. mike miller says he expects the
bill to pass the senate. the house has passed a measure to restrict drilling pending the outcome of a study. the governor is trying to revise a bill that would develop offshore wind energy. critics say it is too expensive. >> workers in japan are being treated for injuries and exposure to radioactive elements. they were laying electrical cables. it is not clear how they were injured. tokyo residents are stocking up on bottled water. new developments in the libyan conflict. nato has started to shoulder a larger share of the mission to enforce the u.n. mandate. lawmakers continued to question the cost of the u.s. role. kate amara joins us live with more on the story. good morning to you.
>> pressure mounting on the president. he is talking about the u.s. exit strategy. in the libyan capital, anti- aircraft fire lit up the sky once again. u.s.-led coalition forces continue to carry out air strikes. and now, nato war ships are patrolling off libya's coast, enforcing the u.n. arms embargo. >> at the same time, nato has completed plans to help enforce the no-fly zone. >> the white house wants to hand off control of the military operation within days. >> the united states' role once that environment is shaped is actually significantly reduced because we've got a broad-based international coalition, including arab states, that believe in the same thing that we do. >> meanwhile, pressure is mounting on the administration from members of congress. in a letter, house speaker john boehner demanded president obama outline objectives. a statement from democrat nancy
pelosi saying u.s. participation is strengthened by consultation with congress. >> we can't assume that americans are going to say, "if the president says so, it must be right." doesn't work that way. >> the president also said u.s. ground troops will not go into libya. kate amara, wbal-tv 11 news. back to you. >> what happens after the u.s. hands over control? >> the u.s. would transfer command to nato. that is the plant right now. that could happen as soon as saturday. the u.s. would then have a supporting role in this international operations. >> thank you. have a great day. >> hundreds of millions of dollars will be up for grabs with the drawing of two drawings this weekend. no one claimed the top prize in the powerball drawing.
that means saturday's prize will be worth $125 million. another drawing is tomorrow. if you would like to check your tickets to see if you want, here are the numbers --the powerball number is nine. that brings us to our water cooler question of the day. do you buy more lottery tickets than usual when mega-jackpots are on the line? you can share your response at and on our facebook page, or send us an e-mail to >> 6:06. coming up, the morning's financial news in the bloomberg business report. >> a scary story out of a busy airport in d.c. federal investigators are concerned about safety. >> a legendary actors is remembered for her career and for courage and hareart.
>> one more batch of precipitation has to make it through before we try out a little bit. details next in your forecast. >> it will be nice when those roads dry out. we have some early-morning accidents.
>> good morning. i don't think we'll see any wintry precipitation this morning. we are seeing some snow flakes in western maryland. we have one more batch of rain
to move on through before low pressure can exit of short and gradual clearing can take place this afternoon. nothing like the strong storms that came through last night. a better day today. a great day tomorrow. colder than normal. we're generally in the low 40's across the board. 35 up near the state line. we will hit 45 to 47 today. much cooler than where we should be this time of year. the wind will be brisk at 10 to 15 miles per hour. feeling more like winter and spring. partly cloudy tonight. well below freezing at 24 in the outlying suburbs. 29 downtown. keeping that north wind in place. we have low pressure. it has to move off shore.
that will allow the cold air to get a firm grip on the area. high pressure will build in tomorrow. beautiful sunshine as we head through tomorrow. surface low pressure will develop over the carolinas on saturday. sunday, it will be flirting with our area. that means the potential for inclement weather on sunday. we're stuck in the 40's tomorrow, but at least it will be pretty outside. a different story on sunday. snow across the board. we have all that energy rolling through. temperatures will be cold enough that we could get a light accumulation. it is early to call. i want to give you a heads up. 40's on sunday. we dry out on monday. more winter weather is possible on tuesday. >> kind of a busy start on the
southbound harrisburg expressway. we have an accident as you approached the beltway. it is confined to the right shoulder. watch for delays. another approach in the j.f.x. wbash avenue -- wabash is closed in the city. southbound belair road at jerusalem road, up one spot where flooding could be an issue. watch for the right lane taken out by flooding. the left lane is ok. 95 looks good in and out of harford county. we switch over to traffic and show you what it looks like in terms of the harrisburg expressway. police are there on the shoulder. everything running smoothly beyond that. this is an greenspring. inner loop traffic moving pretty well. no sign of the accident approach in the j.f.x.
that is the latest on traffic pulse 11. back to you. >> thank you. a line of severe thunderstorms and a possible tornado moved across tennessee overnight. at least three homes and a barn were destroyed. the family was in church when the storm passed through. the only thing left intact was the front steps and power lines. the storm dropped an inch and a half of hail. in hawaii, there were $14 million of damage by the tsunami. you are seeing some damage done to one town on the big -- that is a structural damage. that does not include damage to the structural building. investigators looking into the
circumstances that caused two commercial jets to land without clearance in d.c. and without the aid of air traffic controllers. only one control it was on duty and he was asleep. both planes did land safely with the help of the regional control. ray lahood has ordered the controllers be of predict to controls be on duty during late night shifts. he is also calling for a study around the country. >> a drop site crib is on the recall list -- a drop-side crib. the same problem still exists. the recent death of a 7-month- old is now prompting to reissue the recall. children can get trapped inside a gap and suffocate. you confine more information and
6:18am the cost of prescription drugs is on the rise. prices for the past 15 years selling drugs were much faster in 2010 than in east of alaska -- then in each of the last five years. well-known drugs include lipitor and sinclair. the health care reform bill did not cap the drug prices. toyota gets a restart in the prius production in japan. jane king has more in the bloomberg business report. >> airline fares going up again. delta and u.s. airlines following the latest move in hiking round-trip prices by at $10. this is the seventh air hike -- fare hike this year. the japanese government passing
out bottled water to there. they're trying to prevent a full-fledged meltdown. dealing with fire prevention and safety issues surrounding spent fuel rods could cost the nuclear industry $8 billion. toyota during up to restore production of the prius and some lexus models. they expect to settle the interruptions in the u.s. because of the march 11 quake. new homes in february plunging to a record low. rising commodities helping to take stocks higher yesterday. t. rowe price helping the bloomberg maryland index higher. i'm jane king a. >> condolences continued to boren over the passing of film legend elizabeth taylor. she died of congestive heart
failure at the age of 79 yesterday. she was the star of such films as "father of the bride." she was the first actress to command a $1 million a film salary. >> she represented more than just an actress. she was the glamour that personified hollywood. she was the tragedy and the joy of hollywood. her life was the longest-running soap opera ever. >> she was one of the first crusaders to campaign for research to treat patients with aids. she received an honorary oscar. we want to -- these are live pictures from fort worth, texas. this is some type of a tanker truck that careened off the road and is hanging off and overpass.
there are cars below. >> we're told the driver is still inside. rescue crews are on the way. can you imagine how scary that this? that is like your worst nightmare, driving on an interstate. >> we hope to bring to a conclusion before the end of this newscast. 6:20. 39 degrees on tv hill. >> more than peanuts and cracker jacks when you take someone out to the ball game at camden yards. >> here is a look at last night's winning maryland lottery numbers.
>> now traffic pulse 11 and insta-weather plus together. >> good morning. a few problems spots to watch for. we start with the harrisburg expressway. there is an accident off of the side. on the outer loop topside approaching the jfx, another accident location. wabash is closed in the city because of police activity. in glen bernie, watch for an accident. still clearing unsell bought on
the harrisburg expressway. it is off to the right shoulder. that is the latest on traffic pulse 11. >> we do have an active hd doppler this morning. there is another batch of rain that has to move through here. the heaviest will skirt to the south of baltimore. we cannot rule out a passing share. temperatures are mild for winter precipitation. 41 downtown. 41 in annapolis. the forecast today keeps us in the mid 40's. it will be beautiful this -- it will be beautiful tomorrow. >> something will look different in the outfield at camden yards this season. the ivy is gone. a plant disease crippled its growth. they hope to bring back later in the season. some ivy was left in a shady your area. >> one thing about going to
camden yards is all about the food. this year, there is a new food service at the food service. rob roblin got a chance to taste some of their specialties. >> oh. sandwich. meatball sam wh there was a press conference to aware that delaware sports service is the new food partner at. >> we are passionate about our food. about as passionate as baseball. i make sure we of quality food and baltimore service. >> the best part of the press conference was all the free food to sample. who better to sample the food than me? >> big lumps of crab.
>> most everything we do is from scratch. we have local flavor. we went out through baltimore. my sous-chef is local. we went to see what is new in the city and brought those concepts back to the ballpark. >> this is food you would get a top restaurant. >> a marinated skirt steak. served on a nice bun. >> mmm. my buddy boot powell -- boog powell will be back with boog's barbecue. >> i developed this rub. >> this is a bird land dog. >> pepperoni.
>> after an hour of eating, i am happy to report that the food this year will be better than ever. i think i will take a nap. rob roblin, wbal-tv 11 news. >> i understand each chip is hand-rubbed. >> he will never be the same. >> 39 degrees on tv hill. much more to come in our next half-hour. >> a baltimore city police officer is facing sex abuse charges this morning. >> good morning. i have the latest on libya. president sits down for a strategy meeting. we have resulted from a new poll. what do americans think? >> we will see a gradual clearing. it will be cold,
>> live, local, late-breaking, this is wbal-tv 11 news today. >> welcome back.
i am stan stovall. >> and i am jennifer franciotti. thank you for joining us this morning. sandra shaw has a quick look at the forecast. >> by midday, we will start to clear out. we will see their beliefs skies later this afternoon and evening. 44 to 47. the normal is 57. we have a brisk wind and of the north at 10 to 15 miles per hour. by the weekend, the weather it deteriorates back into winter with some snow, especially on sunday. >> thank you. a baltimore city police officer is often a job, facing serious charges. >> he is accused of sexually abusing a girl. george lettis has details on the story. >> police have suspended officer kevin rowland with pay.
that could change as this investigation continues. baltimore city police say the suspended officer, kevin rowland, is assigned to the department's violent crime impact section. rowland lives in harford county, where sheriff's officals say he turned himself in to investigators following a two- week investigation. he's accused of sexually abusing a 17-year-old girl in his edgewood home starting in september of last year until earlier this month. according to sherriff's officals, the alleged victim was living in the officer's home. she is described as a close family friend. >> we became aware of this incident a couple of weeks ago. >> according to baltimore city police, the officer is currently suspended with pay and will likely be suspended without pay pending further investigation. >> we simply are not going to tolerate any behavior that undermines the integrity of this agency and the hard work of these men and women that are out there every day getting guns off of the city streets. >> no one came to the door at the officer's home. he's charged with sexual abuse of a minor, fourth-degree sexual offense, and second- degree assault. neighbors say they are
disturbed and shocked by the allegations. >> he don't look like that type of person. he is a really nice person from what i have seen. >> officer rowland is 44 years old and is a 10-year veteran of the city police force. george lettis, wbal-tv 11 news. >> the nation's economic crisis continues to hit local school districts are. school employees in an account it may soon face layoffs and furloughs. as much as $15 million could be cut from next year's budget. tim tooten has details. >> no program is off limits. they fear the biggest cuts will be made to staff, which make up more than 80% of the operating budget. >> we can't make that kind of a cut without touching people and certainly without touching programs.
so we're keeping all of our options open. >> cutting staff members would lead to larger class sizes. that may not sit well with some parents. >> i think it is dangerous. you never know where the cuts will be. we don't have enough teachers from the class is. >> for now, there may be fewer options. in a memo, furloughs and laos or real possibilities. impacting present employees is all but unavoidable. the proposed cuts could started headquarters before reaching schools and critical programs. >> i think that we need to all work together to figure out ways that we can support our children in and outside of school. but i think that where there is money, we need to make sure that education is not the place where we make those drastic cuts, because that is our future.
>> members of the school board are expected to try to change the minds of the county executive and county council. the county executive says he will increase the education budget this year. school officials to not expect pay increases for teachers or staff. tim tooten, wbal-tv 11 news. >> a strange case of vandalism in baltimore county. somebody vandalize the statue of the virgin mary. someone knocked the statute off its pedestal. the hand broke off when it hit the ground. anyone with information should call baltimore county police. >> now traffic pulse 11 and insta-weather plus together. >> good morning to you. sarah caldwell checking on your morning commute. kind of tricky. we still have some wet roads leftover. southbound on the harrisburg
expressway, there is an accident in the right shoulder. outer loop approach in the jfx, another accident location. wabash is closed because of police activity. we have a delay that begins on the west side approaching 795 and down towards liberty. there are delays to avoid by ordinance. you can see slow growth southbound on the harrisburg expressway just approaching the beltway. that is the latest on traffic pulse 11. >> we will see some drizzle this morning and maybe a share. another batch of right has to get through before we clear up. high pressure will build in. 44 to 47 today. tomorrow, 44 but sunny. saturday, a chance of lake wintry mix.
sunday, but we have a decent chance of seeing some rain or snow. it might be snow because it is so cold out there. maybe some light accumulation is something we're monitoring carefully. >> 38 degrees on tv hill. a pair of snowballs make their spring debut. >> there are so cute. we are still taking your answers to our water cooler question of the day. do you buy more lottery tickets than usual when mega-jackpots are on the line? you can share your response at and on our facebook page, or send us an e-mail to
>> it is time for a daily dose of "aw." a pair of twin polar bear cubs are introduced in germany. they are so cute. they are named gregor and lute. it looks like they enjoy their first taste of spring sunshine. the mother looked around the home before she took them for a stroll and back for a swim. this is the first time visitors can watch a mother polar bear caring for her young. >> they are cute. the surf is up but the temperature is down in duluth, minnesota, where one server took the advantage of some rare swells in lake superior yesterday.
all that mean for pretty frigid conditions for the sturdy server. -- surfer. water temperature was in the high 30's. >> they got to wear a white suit -- wet suit. >> coming up, we'll check the morning headlines. >> 40 at the airport. 41 in the harbor. there is some drizzle to come. there is some drizzle to come.
>> welcome back. a close call overnight for baltimore county police officer. he was nearly run down by a suspected car thief.
officers are looking for stolen vehicles in the 6500 block of falkirk road. another man tried to run the officer down. he was not injured. the search for the second suspect continues this morning. police hope someone recognizes the man shown in photos as they investigate a deadly stabbing. these are the images recorded by the camera at the shell gas station on edmonson avenue. they show an argument, potential suspects in connection with the murder of david mclaughlin. anyone with their permission should call baltimore city police. hundreds of millions of dollars will be up for grabs with the drawings of two maggot lotteries this weekend. no one claimed the top prize in the parable drawing last night perry the mega millions jackpot is still out there. it is worth $304 million.
that drawing is tomorrow night. you can see right here on 11 news tonight. >> this morning we asked -- do you buy more lottery tickets than usual when mega-jackpots are on the line? >> we will post more of your answers on the front page of >> doing too much or not enough? president obama is stuck between
lawmakers criticizing the mission and americans who think we should be doing more. we have more from tracie potts. >> damage from the latest air strikes in libya. 60% of americans support our involvement against muammar gaddafi. >> the quickest way for him to end of this is to actually serve the libyan people by leaving. >> more u.s. ships are headed to the mediterranean. >> i am not happy we're getting involved in somebody else's civil war. >> the obama administration is trying to turn over control. but the french do not want to be in charge. nato cannot decide who would take over. house speaker john boehner wrote the president's demand answers. why are with their? when will we leave? >> there are any number of possible outcomes.
no one is in a position to predict them. >> the top republican is pushing for hearings. >> if we're going into a war with libya, we should declare war on libya. >> muammar gaddafi it is a terrible guy. is he a threat to our national security? >> is the strike worth it. the almost eight in 10 said we should be doing more to get muammar gaddafi out. tracie potts, wbal-tv 11 news. >> now traffic pulse 11 and insta-weather plus together. >> let's get you ready for your morning commute. there is an accident clearing on the southbound harrisburg expressway just prior to the beltway. a bit of a dilemma. outer loop of the jfx, that looks like it is gone. there is police activity closing wabash.
a bit of a slow spot on southbound 95 approaching it beltway northeast. in the glen bernie. , watch for an accident. we will check some of the live cameras to give you an idea of what looks like on the harrisburg expressway. there is the accident. it is almost wrapped up. this is liberty road. there are your volume-related delays on the west side. that is the latest on traffic pulse 11. >> we are looking at an active hd doppler this morning. nothing like last night. we had strong storms with thunder and lightning. there is a little patch -- batch of precipitation that has to move through. temperatures are too mild to see any snowflakes makes tin. 41 downtown.
41 in annapolis. 35 in parkton. today it keeps us well below the norm this time of year. we will be 10 degrees below the normal highs. partly cloudy and clearing as the afternoon progresses. a brisk north wind in place. take a look. mid 20's for an overnight low. this morning, it is all about the low pressure. it is skirting offshore. high pressure will build in. most of saturday should be dry. late saturday, a wintry mix will likely develop. tomorrow, enjoy it is sunshine. it will be the prettiest as far as sky conditions for the next several days. into sunday, we have a false
reading as far as the satellite loop. it is showing snow. probably one or two inches. it is looking pretty confident in that model that we will get snow on sunday. 40 degrees is the daytime high on sunday. we clear out on monday. tuesday, a slight chance of some of winter precipitation developing. >> thank you. a police officer charged with sex abuse crimes against a teenager. george lettis joins us with more details on the story. >> officer rowland turned himself in yesterday. the alleged abuse took place in his home in harford county. that is where he lives. he is accused of sexually abusing a 17-year-old girl in his edgewood home starting in september of last year until earlier this month. the alleged victim was living in his home.
she is described as a close family friend. the officer is currently suspended with pay and will likely be suspended without pay pending further investigation. we tried to get comment from the officer yesterday, but no one answered at his home. his neighbors said they are shocked and disturbed by these allegations. george lettis, wbal-tv 11 news. >> thank you. here's matt lauer with a look at what's coming up next on the "today" show. >> good morning. dangers whether to report on both coasts, including powerful tournedos. we're live with the details on that. an alarming situation at reagan national airport. two passenger jets forced to land on their own because the pilots could not reach anyone in the control tower. lindsay lohan's risky decision to stand trial in their next --
in her necklace theft the case. and remembering elizabeth taylor. that and much more ahead when we get started this morning right here on "today." >> 6:52. 38 degrees on tv hill. >> we will come back and check
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worth area. >> they were able to get the driver out. this accident happened when the truck collided with a small car. the driver of the tractor- trailer is out. the driver of the small car is still pinned beneath the truck. a very scary situation. we know emergency crews are on the scene. >> nothing like that. >> we're looking at a smooth ride with a few receptions. southbound 83, an accident off to the side. wabash remains closed in the city. 30 miles per hour on the west side. that is backing up traffic. ordnance road, watch for an accident in glen bernie. it looks like the accident scene is still seen -- is still there on southbound 83.
>> i will go home and break out the sled. >> we are expecting some accumulation on sunday. morning drizzle today. 44 to 47 degrees. sunshine tomorrow. wintry mix late on saturday. and some snow as we head into sunday. tune to am 1090 to hear traffic and weather together on the fives. >> thanks for joining us for 11 news today. >> we will be back with a live update at 7:25. >> follow breaking news and weather any time at, and stay connected with us on facebook and twitter.
>> it has happened in albuquerque, miami, and now baltimore. a child gets his hands on a loaded gun and tragedy ensues. and 5000 children are killed each year. the number of deaths are 12 times higher in the united states than 25 other countries combined. these stories leave families mourning the unfortunate loss of their child. it is of the utmost importance for families to practice gun safety. guns should be out of the reach of children. there are direction and guidance from numerous support agencies on how to protect children.
the protection comes from families who keep firearms in their homes. make sure the guns are unloaded and securely locked. before your child goes to a friend's house, ask the parents if firearms are caps in the house. if so, how they are stored. these are a few safety tips to ensure a safe environment for your family. for more information, go to and click on a hot and click on a hot